Finding your way!
Much like every other weekend usually entailed, this past weekend involved completing my usual chores. I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, washed dishes, changed the sheets, and made sure the kids’ toys were put away. Once everything was put away in its right place, it was time to check my email.
This particular weekend, I received a LinkedIn message with a question that would have required a lengthy response. So instead of writing a long messaging, I wrote to the inquirer and suggested we talk on the phone instead. I normally would type out a long message to answer all questions he had but felt this would be a more personal experience. He agreed, and we ended up talking for over an hour. He wanted to know about Careerfoundry and was skeptical if I was a real person. I told him on the phone, “Oh yeah, I am a real person with two kids. If you count my husband, I have three kids.”
As we continued our discussion, he shared his own story and career goals. He told me he desires to enter the UX/UI field. Presently, he works for a large tech retailer and has experience creating music. I told him that I was excited for his career change aspirations and was bit jealous because he is around users all the time (from a UX/UI standpoint, being around real, live customers to ask questions is as good as gold!) So the fact that he gets paid to interact with them impressed me and struck me as a great asset he could build his career on. As we were ending our call, he said, “Thank you very much for your time and answering my questions. I know this is the right step for me.” I am happy to report that he is two weeks into his coursework at Careerfoundry.
Morale of the story: whatever your background is, you can translate it into your new career. We acquire skills all the time that can spiderweb into so many other career paths. The key is to remember this is all part of your journey and your skills, and everyone has a distinct fingerprint. People have to choose to what they want and learn to develop a plan to make it happen. But no one can do this alone — it is okay to ask for help. Look around and just reach out like the man I met through LinkedIn. Find someone whose skills you want to replicate in your new career, take a deep breath, and reach out to see if you can ask them a question or two. The worst they can do is say “no” — just remember, it is never too late to do what you want with your life. So go ahead…press that send button.